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Freshly Made Sketches #464

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A super quick post for today. I’m so happy to share this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge with you. Our lovely Judy Rozema is the sketch designer and you are going to love this classic design.

I thought the sketch was perfect for showing off this new Cup Heart Die from Erin Lee Creative. It is one of the add-ons to her new Coffee Lover Kit and it is fabulous. I cut it out of watercolor paper and then just colored it with Distress Inks. Super easy! I created a wash background to match the sketch and then added a sentiment from the kit. I think this will be super popular and we have a hop coming at the end of the week to show you even more!

I hope you have a few moments to join in. The team has created a wonderful variety and I’m sure you’ll be inspired by them. Thanks for stopping in today. See you tomorrow and Friday for new projects with SugarPea Designs and Erin Lee Creative.

Black Friday Sales

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Just a quick drop in to share some Black Friday (or all weekend) sales from some of my favorite companies. If you are shopping, I’d appreciate you shopping from my affiliates. There is no cost to you and it helps me continue to run my blog. Thank you!!

SugarPea Designs

Erin Lee Creative

Ellen Hutson

Simon Says Stamp

Honey Bee Stamps

Picket Fence Studios

Concord and 9th

25 Days of Christmas Tags – Erin Lee Creative

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I am happy to be joining in again on Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags! Today, the featured company is the wonderful Erin Lee Creative.

You know how much I love Erin and her unique artistic point of view. It is so important to have a voice like hers in our creative industry! Also, she is truly a gem!

When it comes to tags, I’m very much a clean and simple fan. They make such a difference as a final touch in packaging but, let’s face it, mostly do not make it past the opening process. I saw this leaf from the Boho Rainbow Stamp Set and knew it would be perfect for my tags. I stamped it on two tags using Momento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored with Copic Markers.

The sentiment is from another favorite set, Winter Florals. With a little bit of masking, I split up the sentiment to make it tag friendly. My MISTI made this easy to duplicate, always a key in making tags. I added a few red rhinestones from my stash and finished with red ribbon.

There are all kinds of ways to win this month so head over to Tracey’s main post for all the details. Thanks so much for stopping in today! See you soon!

O Christmas Trees for SugarPea Designs

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I’m over at the SugarPea Designs blog with a new project today. I created a Christmas card for you using products not specifically for the holidays.

I started the card by creating the base detail with the Falling Snow Stencil. First I embossed with the stencil running it through my Gemini Jr., then I sponged a little bit of white ink over the texture to add more detail. Next up, I used the triangle from the SugarCut – Piece of Cake set. Then I used one of the box dies to score another larger triangle which I just cut on the score line. Finally, I used the small flag die for the trunks. They were all cut from watercolor paper and I inked them with Distress Oxide Ink.

I chose the sentiment from the Everyday Sentiments set and cut it out using the SugarCut – Sentiment Strips. I decorated the trees with stars from the box set and cut them from glitter paper. Such a fun and easy way to create a holiday card!

I love that this used things that are not intended for holiday cards. Multi-tasking of products is a big thing for me because you get the best value from your craft dollar. Thanks so much for stopping in today. See you again soon.

CASE Me a Christmas Card with Michelle Lupton

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I have a fun project for today! My friend Michelle Lupton invited me to join her in her October Series, CASE Me a Christmas Card. Each of us chooses a card made by the other and then CASE (Copy and Share Everything) it. I always consider the rule of three when CASEing, trying to change at least three things. Michelle has a fun acronym that she uses, LIMES. Go over to see how she does it! Super smart.

I used a wonderful stamp set by SugarPea Designs for my card today. I love these snowflakes and I’m ready to make some holiday themed cards! I thought they were the perfect set to pull out when I chose my card by Michelle.

I love the pop of black against the pretty inked background so I kept that feature. I chose to make it a square instead and inked on Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Ink. Using the snowflakes instead of the flowers was an easy switch. For the sentiment, I kept to a white banner instead of black. On hers she added Wink of Stella for some sparkle. I chose to add a few sequins instead.

I love this idea and it is fun to be inspired by one of my favorite card makers! Now I cannot wait to see which of my cards she CASE’d! Thanks for stopping in today! See you soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #456

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Hi all! Sorry for the long quiet. I was out in Denver for some training. I’m sure you are not surprised that the airlines are having a lot of difficulties. A year ago I moved to a wide body (international) fleet and now I have been moved back to my old airplane. But I am grateful that, through the sacrifice of all the pilots at United, we have held off furloughing. And I do love my Airbus! With that, I’m back to stamping a bit and I’m the sketch hostess this week for Freshly Made Sketches.

I also get to share a sneak peek of a new Erin Lee Creative stamp set called Winter Florals that will be released on October 17th. The flower and the sentiment are both from the set. For the background, I used the Houndstooth Background. I love this background for a holiday card…so just expect to see more of it!

I hope you enjoy my sketch this week. I think it has a bit of a classic vibe and one that is easy for many kinds of cards. The team has created beautiful inspiration as always. It is nice to be back and I’m glad you stopped in today.

Trinity Stamps – Guest Designer

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Happy Friday to you! I hope this week has been okay for you all. As we all go through this process, I worry for all of my friends. I hope that as we continue to distance as needed that we don’t isolate. I continue to be inspired by things that are a) appropriate for my attention span and b) makable in numbers. With that in mind, I created today’s card as a guest for Trinity Stamps.

I chose a rainbow of Comic markers and just played with color. Amazing how fun it is to create rainbows in all the things! And this hits my attention span time frame with all the school/distraction/inability to focus.

This stamp set is called “So Appreciative” and is from their latest release. It has a matching die and they are fantastic! And really, there is pretty much no one that doesn’t like to hear that they are appreciated! Hop on over to see all the wonderful products they have. They are super sweet and they will the thrilled to see you!

Thanks for stopping in today! See you again soon!

Spellbinders – Jane Davenport’s Fairytale Fox

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Today I’m sharing a brand new stamp set from Spellbinder’s Whimsical and Wild Collection by Jane Davenport. If you are familiar with the Jane Davenport style of art, it is beautifully textured and rich with color. The Fairytale Fox set became my focus for two cards that are exactly the same and yet totally different.

I stamped the images in Versafine Clair ink onto multimedia paper. I was inspired by Jane’s color palettes and just simply splattered watercolor paints over the paper. I thought it was fun and, well, whimsical.

Using the same setup that I had on my MISTI, I stamped again on a rougher watercolor paper. This time I played with adding more strategic color and then colored the background too. I added some teal, gold and pearl splatters for a bit more detail.

The whole Whimsical and Wild collection can be found at Spellbinders and you’ll want to see all the fun and fantastic images. Thanks for stopping in today. Back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches. See you soon!

Happy Easter!

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A quick card today for a message to you all. I wish you joy and healing as we celebrate the Risen King at Easter! Blessings to you all and I look forward to the day where we can gather again. Today is a reminder that we can conquer despair and rise stronger.

This set is the Caring Cross from The Greetery. Beautiful for Easter and religious celebrations year round. Thank you for all you do and share in your kind words to me. More than ever, they mean so much. Stay safe, my friends!

Freshly Made Sketches #430

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Happy Freshly Made Sketches day! Our wonderful Jacquie has such a clever sketch for us this week (which I kind of followed). I love unique shapes and this is their week to shine.

When I saw the diamond shape, I thought of this stencil. I don’t know why…it is sort of a diamond shape, I guess. But once it was in my head, that was all that was going to be in my head. Does that happen to you? Please tell me I’m not the only one. This is the Scandinavian Stencil from Erin Lee Creative. So pretty! I inked it up using a gradient of smokey blues from Altenew onto Bristol Smooth paper with my Taylored Expressions Blender Brush. I chose a sentiment from the Oh Emm Gee set by Erin Lee Creative. That set is really fun if you read them all!

So glad you stopped in today. Looking forward to seeing all the creative takes on this one during the week. Stay safe and I’ll see you soon.

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